TV Guide 2020-12-05

More challenges for top chefs, as Snackmasters comes back on Channel 4 (Thu). Monday quizzing returns to Radio 4, as Counterpoint kicks off its 2021 series.

With the calendar turning to December, we get some Advent specials of entertainment shows - 8 Out of 10 Cats put theirs on E4 on Sunday. CBBC gives seasonal editions of The Dog Ate My Homework (Thu) and Crackerjack! (Fri).

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Schedules are accurate at the time of publication; check against EPG for late changes.


Saturday 5 December

  • Runaround (Talking Pictures, 9am) "A seaside special" (looks outside) Do wrap up.
  • Fighting Talk (Radio 5, 11am).
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC2, 12.45).
  • Four in a Bed (C4, 12.50) Five episodes.


  • Celebrity Supermarket Sweep (ITV, 5pm) Charley Webb, Matthew Wolfenden, Jenny Ryan, Megan McKenna, Tomorrow's Star Melvin Odoom, Rickie Haywood-Williams.
  • Pointless Celebrities (BBC1, 5.40) 1990s: Tamara Beckwith, Saffron Sprackling, Clare Buckfield, John Pickard, Mr. Motivator, Diane Youdale, Nick Moran, Vas Blackwood.
  • Catchphrase Catchiest Moments (ITV, 6.30) By episode three, the aaaargh-rate is in decline.
  • The Hit List (BBC1, 6.35).
  • Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1, 7.25) Musicals week.
  • The Chase Celebrity Special (ITV, 7.30) Repeat of an Emmerdale Farm special.
  • The Wheel (BBC1, 8.30).
  • Through the Keyhole (ITV, 10.50).

Weekend repeats


  • Breaking the News (Radio Scotland, 11.30) From Friday.
  • Celebrity Juice (ITV2, 10pm) From Thursday.
  • Quote... Unquote (R4, 11pm) From Monday.


  • I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue (Radio 4, 12.04) From last Monday.
  • Mastermind Cymru (S4C, 2.30) From last Wednesday.
  • Celebrity The Crystal Maze (E4, 5.35) From last Thursday.
  • Taskmaster (E4, 6.35) A family viewing edition.

Sunday 6 December - St Nicholas's Day

  • Fferm Ffactor (S4C, 9am) The first teams series, from 2017.
  • Runaround (Talking Pictures, 9am).
  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12 noon; not Scot).
  • Songs of Praise (BBC1, 1.15) Young Chorister of the Year. Further coverage on Radio 2 at 9pm.


  • 5 Gold Rings (ITV, 6pm) Kay and Paula play Ryan and Rob.
  • Tipping Point Lucky Stars (ITV, 7pm) A repeat with Katherine Ryan.
  • Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1, 7.30) The results show, and a performance from Marisha Wallace.
  • Christmas Bake Off (E4, 7.40) Repeated from 2017.
  • Réalta Agua Gaolta (TG4, 8.30) The most talented family in Ireland.
  • 8 Out of 10 Cats (E4, 9pm) The St. Nicholas's Day Special, with Tom Allen, Scarlett Moffatt, Maisie Williams, and Liam Charles.
  • Taskmaster Championship of Champions (E4, 10pm) As previously seen on UKTV Dave.

Bonus feature

  • Who Wants to be a Millionaire The Millionaires (ITV, 8pm) 3: Robert Brydges, a man with a very nice voice, and a well-formed sense of privacy.

Weekday Daytimes

  • Bargain Hunt (BBC1, 12.15; Scot not Th).
  • Dickinson's Real Deal (ITV, 2pm).
  • Countdown (C4, 2.10) Nina Wadia (Mo-Tu) then John Inverdale (We-Fr) And crumbs! It's Finals Week from Thursday!
  • !mpossible (BBC1, 2.15; Scot 3.45 Tue, 1.45 Wed) Repeats.
  • Winning Combination (ITV, 3pm).
  • Tipping Point (ITV, 4pm).
  • The Chase (ITV, 5pm).
  • Pointless (BBC1, 5.15) Repeats, though these episodes are new to BBC1.
  • House of Games (BBC2, 6pm) Alex Jones (from The One Show), Jessica Knappet, Rob Rinder, Karim Zeroual.
  • Love Bites (2) (ITV2, 6pm).
  • Strictly Come Dancing It Takes Two (BBC2, 6.30).
  • My Kitchen Rules Down Under (W, 7pm).
  • Classic Taskmaster (E4, 7.30) As previously seen on UKTV Dave.
  • Christmas University Challenge (BBC4, 8pm) Repeats from last year.

Monday 7 December

  • Pants on Fire (E4, 12 midnight) Billed in the printed listings magazines, but no longer on the EPGs.
  • The Unbelievable Truth (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm).
  • Counterpoint (Radio 4, 3pm) A new series of the eclectic music quiz.
  • I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue (Radio 4, 6.30) Huddersfield Town Hall in March.
  • Mastermind (BBC2, 7pm) Freshwater fish, Nick Cave, scouting, Lin-Manuel Miranda. Subject to cancellation if there's an update on the ingrowing toenail in Downing-street.
  • Only Connect (BBC2, 7.30) Second-chance round, match 4.
  • University Challenge (BBC2, 8.30) Second round, match 6.
  • Would I Lie to You at Christmas (BBC1, 9pm; not Scot) Repeated from 2016.
  • Have I Got a Bit More News for You (BBC1, 11.40; Scot 11.55, not NI) Extended repeat from Friday.

Tuesday 8 December

  • A Question of Sport (BBC1, 1.10am; Scot 1.25am, not NI) Repeat from Friday.
  • Un Cwestiwn (S4C, 5.10) A classic episode.
  • Celebrity Antiques Road Trip (BBC2, 7pm) Repeat.
  • Great Local Christmas Menu (BBC2, 8pm) Guest judges: Jason Atherton and Tom Aikens.
  • Bake Off (C4, 8pm) More highlights from the last ten series.
  • Masterchef The Professionals (BBC1, 9pm) Food memories.
  • QI XS (BBC2, 9pm; Wales, 9.20) Quite Inappropriate.
  • The Great Treasure Hunt (ITV4, 9pm) Henry Cole and five teams of metal detectorists are set loose in the grounds of Sudeley Castle. Whichever team finds the most valuable artefact wins.
  • The Big Fat Quiz of Everything (E4, 10pm) A classic episode.
  • Don't Hate the Playaz (ITV2, 10pm) Guests include Harry Pinero and Iamddb.
  • Ultimate Goal (BT Sport 3, 10.30).

Bonus feature

  • Got Talent Does the Regal Variety Performance (ITV, 8pm) Jon Courtenay joins a star-studded line-up of performers, all performing from their home. Jason Manford from First and Last comperes.

Wednesday 9 December

  • All the Way from Memphis (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm).
  • Prosiect Z (S4C, 5pm).
  • Celebrity Antiques Road Trip (BBC2, 7pm) Repeat.
  • Great Local Christmas Menu (BBC2, 8pm) Fish and mains.
  • Portrait Artist of the Year (Artsworld, 8pm) Bernadine Evaristo sits in the semi-final.
  • Masterchef The Professionals (BBC1, 9pm) Semi-finals continue.
  • Mastermind Cymru (S4C, 9pm) Sarah Waters, Miles Davis, Neville Southall.
  • Hell's Kitchen (ITV2, 9pm) The series final.
  • QI XL (BBC2, 10pm; NI 10pm Fri) O Christmas.


Thursday 10 December

  • Genius (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm).
  • The Dog Ate My Homework (CBBC, 5pm and 8.30) Christmas special.
  • Celebrity Antiques Road Trip (BBC2, 7pm) Repeat.
  • Snackmasters (C4, 8pm) Quavers.
  • Masterchef The Professionals (BBC1, 9pm) Another semi-final.
  • Taskmaster (C4, 9pm) The series final.
  • Hell's Kitchen (ITV2, 9pm) The series final.
  • Mock the Week (BBC2, 10pm) Ed Byrne (comedian), Rhys James, Laura Lexx, Glenn Moore.
  • The Crystal Maze Celebrity Edition (C4, 10pm) Tamzin Outhwaite, Phil Tufnell, Dr Ranj Singh, Francis Boulle, Joel Dommett.
  • Celebrity Juice (ITV2, 10pm) Michelle Visage, Maya Jama, Alex Brooker, Nicola Roberts.


Friday 11 December

  • Wordaholics (Radio 4 Extra, 9am and 4pm).
  • Breaking the News (Radio Scotland, 1.30).
  • Crackerjack! Christmas Special (CBBC, 6pm).
  • Celebrity Antiques Road Trip (BBC2, 7pm) Repeat.
  • A Question of Sport (BBC1, 7.35; Scot 11.30) Steve Sidwell, Amy Fuller, Richard Kitty, Pamela Cookey.
  • Richard Osman's House of Games Night (BBC1, 8.05). Both of these bumped for a tribute to Barbara Windsor.
  • Have I Got News for You (BBC1, 9pm 9.30) Romesh Ranganathan hosts.
  • The Wheel (BBC1, 12.15am; Scot 1.45am 1.20am) Repeat from last Saturday.

Sign language interpretation

  • Brightest Family (ITV, 3am Sun) Repeats from 2018.
  • Dinner Date (ITV2, 11.25am weekdays).
  • Back to Mine (ITV, 3am Tue).
  • Masterchef The Professionals (BBC2, 3.45am Tue; 3.30am Wed, 2.30am Thu).
  • Crazy Delicious (C4, 2.45am Fri).
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